Welcome to another edition of our weekly how-to guide for iPad users. Each week, we offer tips and tricks for making your iPad work the way you want it to. We know that there are a lot of new iOS users every day who don’t know the fiddly-bits about their shiny new tablet. We’re here to help. Last week, we told you how to power off, restart and reset your iPad. It may seem like a simple task, but not everyone knows how to turn off their iOS device.
This week, we have a quick tutorial for how to make simple edits to your pictures right in your iPad’s photo app. You don’t need any expensive third-party app or fancy Photoshop tools to enhance, crop, and remove red eyes from you iPad snapshots.
After you’ve taken a series of pictures, or even just a single shot, Access the photo by going to your Photo app on your iPad. Then, select the photo you want to edit. Tap the “Edit” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. If you don’t see the edit tab, tap the center of the picture to call up the controls.
The editing controls will appear at the bottom of the screen. If you want to rotate the image from portrait to landscape or vice-versa, tap the “Rotate” tab. For a quick fix of white balance, shadow and highlight adjustment, and color brightening, tap the “Enhance” tab. If you don’t like the changes, tap the “undo” button.
To remove red-eye from a picture, tap the “Red-Eye” tab. You can zoom in really close to get a good look at your subject’s pupil by pinching outward to zoom out. Tap the offending red area for automatic red-eye removal. Pinch to zoom back out when you are done.
To alter the size or remove excess background fodder in your picture, tap the “Crop” tab. You can manually adjust the area to be cropped by touching one of the edges or corners of the grid. Touch and drag the edge or corner to reposition the area to be cropped. Then, tap the “Crop” tab in the upper right corner.
If you know what size you want your photo to be, tap the “Constrain” tab to see a series of sizing options. You can choose from 3 x 2, 3 x 5, 4 x 3, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, or 16 x 9. You can also crop your image to a perfect square so that you can upload it to Instagram.
If you don’t like any of the changes you’ve made and you want to start over, tap the “Revert to Original” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. If you like the final look, tap the “Save” button in the upper right corner to have the edited image saved to your camera roll. You can always go back and revert the image to its original look, even after you’ve saved the edits by tapping the Revert to Original tab again.
Now you know a little bit more about how to edit images in your native Photo app. If you want to take your editing to the next step, check out our suggestions for photo and video apps for the iPad.